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Friday's Letters to the Editor

Leaders missing in action

EDITOR: It is a sorry state of affairs when our leaders are no longer willing to represent the best interests of the people who elected them. Everybody seems to agree that letting the sequestration go forward is a bad idea, especially at this stage in our economic recovery. Yet all of our leaders behave as if they are powerless to act. This is a completely avoidable calamity, yet our leaders will not budge.

Instead of leaders guiding our country, we are actually being led by groups of followers. They seem incapable or unwilling to make a decision for the good of the people they purport to represent.

That the sequestration will cause widespread hardship both collectively and individually seems to make little difference to our elected representatives; to them, it is just a move on a political chessboard, and the effect that their actions have on our lives is just the collateral damage of politics.

JOHN MOREHEAD

Sebastopol

A chance to compare

EDITOR: After reading Wednesday’s article about the Board of Supervisor’s meeting to discuss fluoridating Sonoma County water (“County takes next step toward fluoridating water”), one printed fact stood out. The city of Healdsburg already has fluoride in its water. I think it would be extremely interesting and helpful to know if the rates of dental decay are less in Healdsburg compared to the rest of the cities in Sonoma County without fluoridated water.

KATHY DOIG

Santa Rosa

Save Saturday mail

EDITOR: I’m appalled that the U.S. Postal Service is considering ending Saturday delivery of the mail.

Not only would this cost thousands of postal workers their jobs, it would hurt others who depend on prompt delivery of the mail.

This would include magazine publishers, people who need their prescription drugs delivered via mail and countless businesses that need their goods sent and received as quickly as possible.

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